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Sample Interview Questions

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  1. What do you know about this company/organisation?
  2. Why do you want to work for us?
  3. What do you expect from your placement with us?
  4. Why did you choose to study this course?
  5. If I were to talk to a former employer, how would they describe the way you carried out your work?
  6. This work environment can be hectic. Can you give me a specific example of you working effectively under pressure?
  7. In this job, you will need to adhere to strict schedules and deadlines. Give me an example of any time management skill you have learned.
  8. Tell us about a time when you worked as part of a team and found it challenging.
  9. Tell us about a time when you overcame what seemed to be an insurmountable obstacle.
  10. Tell us about a time when you had to deal with an irate customer and how you handled this.
  11. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
  12. What motivates you?
  13. You will be working in another country if you are offered a placement with our company. How do you think you would cope with this?
  14. This company is located in a small rural town. How do you feel about that?

Question 12: What motivates you?

  1. Making my first million.
    This is a rather superficial answer, which is not supported by any example or further comment. Certainly it doesn't sound as if you have put much thought into the answer. Try thinking of things you need to achieve or skills you need to develop in order to make your "first million".
  2. For me, nothing beats the satisfaction of seeing a job through from start to finish. I worked on a project to design a website, which I developed for a local travel agent. I was responsible for the initial design, development, programming, testing and final presentation. When I saw the number of hits the site generated in its first week, I was thrilled.
    Good answer. You were able to support what you said with a clear example. This is very powerful in an interview situation. There is clear evidence that the project was a successful one and that you were interested enough to check the number of hits after the project was completed. The fact that the project was commercially viable obviously adds interest and weight to your example.

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